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Narita airport police find 30 bullets in U.S. plane crew member's bag

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He brought them in because they can be sold at a high price here.

But they found them in his baggage as he was going BACK to the U.S. So what, his sale fell through?

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Police are still investigating why the bullets were undetected when he arrived at Narita and went through customs.

Possibly because at Narita customs, they physically inspect only a tiny percentage of baggage. I've flown back and forth from the U.S. five or six times a year for more than twenty years, and never ONCE have I been asked to open my bag(s) upon arrival in Japan. (The TSA, on the other hand, not only opens my suitcase on every return trip, they usually forget to replace the the special TSA locks I buy.)

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Yusuke that makes sense. FAs don't get paid too well, and a side business like that would be relatively easy and profitable. I wonder how many bullets the next person from the us will try to bring in.

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He brought them in because they can be sold at a high price here. its actually common and if you ever wonder why some gangs have guns/bullets its because they get them from overseas or have a foreign military member sneak it in for them.

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Japanese police are also considering a possible violation of the gun and sword control law, but the flight attendant was not charged with any crime.

I wonder whether he wasn't charged because he was American.

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American TSA doing a bang up job! What kind of buffoon caries bullets on an international flight? Can you be arrested for being a moron?

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Definitely some tit for tat regarding a security challenge with the U.S and Japan. Probably the worker was the scapegoat.

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At least this shows the Narita security guards are alert, even if the US ones are not.

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A "crew member" means non-pilot and they should be screened just like everyone else. Which TSA screeners were fired?

He wasn't a pilot. If the pilot or co-pilot had done it, I wouldn't exactly be worried. Either could kill everyone on-board already.

I've had 10+ small pocket knives taken by the TSA over their security theatre, but bullets IN A MAGAZINE are missed? Fire someone.

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Who knows what else airline employees safely take through security. Sometimes an event such as this is just a "dry run" to see if anyone fined such materials. That is to say, the bullets were deliberately overlooked for the first flight because the USA TSA doesn't really have security in the USA, but with new rules, it can put the pressure on foreign countries to work on their security. Airplanes need to be redesigned so that there is no carry-on/overhead area except for computer size bags (without a computer). Everything else goes in check-in. Loading and unloading take less time inside the plane and turn-around time/cleaning will be less. The result is more profit for the airlines. AND STOP ALLOWING BUSINESS PEOPLE FROM BRINGING 3 SUITCASE BAGS AS CARRY-ON.

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I refused but he lowered the price... I refused....

Mmm... methinks the Goodluck doth protest too much.... ; )

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an ex teacher of mine asked if wanted to buy some coke. i refused, but he lowered the price because he had too much. i refused, but asked why so cheap. he had a new career as cabin crew and could easily transport it. this was before 9/11, not sure if it is so easy now, but for him to tell me how he got it means cabin crew have it pretty easy.

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I have never know anyone to "carry bullets" around in a bag without a gun. We're not getting the full story.

I have never known anyone to "carry bullets" around in a bag.

The pleasures of not being American.

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Maybe it's some kind of bullet-smuggling competition? It seems to happen every week or so.

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So carry-on airline pilot bags aren't screened before flights?

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I have never know anyone to "carry bullets" around in a bag without a gun. We're not getting the full story.

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Is it going to be a weekly occurrence?

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 Police are still investigating why the bullets were undetected when he arrived at Narita and went through customs.

Yeah, like airport security is pretty light when it comes to flight crews. Bet it gets stricter now!

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